Thursday, 8 March 2018

German Tour Round Up and New UK Tour Dates

Irish Cruise

“An incredible week in the Caribbean with Brian and Finbarr. One of the very special times we've had together, and we all had our wives with us to make it perfect. Huge thanks to Gertrude Byrne for a sensational cruise with top class artists including Nathan Carter, Engelbert, Charlie Pride, Michael English and so many more.
Great times.”

German Tour Round Up


Hannover! What a night. What a welcome back to Germany. Fantastic. 

Big thanks to you all for an unreal show.” #hk18

Black Velvet Band live from Hannover. The video turns after a few seconds in.

Photo copyright


“After a travel day, it was great to unwind in the totally unique ' Fitness Manufakter gym in Karlsruhe. The owner extended a warm welcome, a personal training session, plus threw in a complimentary Protein shake on the house. You don't get that everyday.” #hk18

Karlsruhe! What a night. One of the largest audiences we have ever played to in Germany! Louder than loud and totally up for the party. A night to remember for sure!” #hk18


“Thank you Köln! Thank you GLORIA THEATER ! What a crowd! Loved it!!” #Köln #SoldOut #Decade #germany

Leaving of Liverpool live from Cologne.


Aschaffenburg on a Monday night blew us away tonight. Bavaria knows how to party! What a totally great audience. Loved it. On to Munich.” #germany #hk18


“Accordion to many, this is the biggest German tour to date. Tonight....Munich.”
#hk18 #decade 


“When the gym is really this good 

Thank you to 'All inclusive Fitness' in Essen for taking care of us this morning.” #hk18 #decade

Essen! You lot are crazy! Great fun tonight. Thank you all for coming out to see us.” #hk18 #germany

Oh Maggie live from Essen.

HKHQ: “Sharing some snaps taken by our good friend Stefan Claus Konzert und Festival Nerd at our Essen show on 8th Feb.”


"Oldenburg! Wow! That was nuts!
What a way to spend Friday night. Too much fun. Thank you to every one of you for an incredible evening." #hk18 #germany #holdenburg


“Tonight in Hamburg, the force that is music presented itself in all its beauty.
Our stage manager told me that during 'The Town I Loved so Well' he saw an old man and a young lady in different parts of the audience cry during different parts of the song.
Here we are in Germany, and an amazing song written by Phil Coulter about Derry has carried that far and deeply affected two people that have possibly never been to Ireland.
That's magic. That's music.” #hk18


“Thank You Berlin. What a great night. One of the best audiences of the tour. A fantastic welcome back to your great city. To those fans we met that traveled from The UK, Poland, Hungary and Italy especially for the show...we can't thank you enough. Unreal dedication.” #hk18 #germany


Leipzig! What a way to wrap up the German leg of the Decade tour. Unreal night. Fantastic crowd and atmosphere. Thank you Germany! 'Til next time.” #decade #hk18

From the Archives

The High Kings are spending the 2018 on the road celebrating a 'Decade' of the band's music. Turning the clock back to 8 July 2013, Darren sings Galway girl at the 'Friends For Life' album preview show at Borderline London. This time he left the accordion playing to Sharon Shannon who joined them on stage for a few songs.

Tour Dates

UK Tour

UK Fans, 8 date tour announced for November!

UK November Decade tour tickets on sale now direct from the venues or via Gig Cartel links on and various other ticket outlets.


Most venue websites allow you to select your own seats and have a better seat choice than those allocated to ticket outlets like Ticketmaster and Eventim etc.


“Dutch fans! The High Kings have just announced an Amsterdam show for 1st November.”

Irish Spring Tour

Tickets are ON SALE for the 12 dates Irish Spring Tour 30 March – 28 April.
See the High Kings Website for details of dates, venues and ticket links.

Next stop USA!

The High Kings left a snow covered Ireland with the worst of the snow still to come forcing a red alert weather warning. Storm Emma was due to hit later that day, and it did! Dublin Airport was closed the following morning!

“Think we might be one of the only flights to get going this morning” #hkusa18

Tickets for a lot of the venues on the US Tour have been SOLD OUT for a while now, but some venues are still available.


Due to demand, an additional NYC City Winery show has been added on 14th March, tickets ON SALE now!

We'll be back with a round up of the US Tour in a few weeks, in the meantime please follow Darren's official Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as it happens, including live updates from Darren and the High Kings.

Thanks for your continued support.

Darren and the DH Team

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Irish Decade Tour Round Up, Radio, and More...

Radio Interviews

Listen to Darren chatting to John Keane on KCLRFM about the sudden sad passing of The Cranberries singer Dolores O' Riordan.

Listen to Darren chatting to Mags on Salford Radio UK.

Listen to Darren chatting to Geoff Harris at WLR before heading off to Waterford for the show.

From the Archives

A TV performance, very early in his career, from Darren and his band Wanted. They perform his original songs Broken Ol' Guitar and After Tonight on RTE 1's Country Cool presented by Alan Corcoran back in 1995.

Happy New Year

The year is already a month old now, but this was a little Happy New Year message from the High Kings as they were about to kick off the second leg of the Irish Decade Tour after Christmas.

Decade Album of the Year

“Big thanks to Folknrock Magazine for awarding "Decade" as Compilation album of the year for 2017.” #hk18

Irish Tour Round Up


“Thanks to a fantastic sold out Market Square Theatre in Armagh tonight for yet another very memorable show. You guys always show up in style!”


“An amazing show tonight at the Ardhowen Theatre Enniskillen. Thanks to a great sold out audience.
Back at the hotel now watching The Dubliners 25th Anniversary 1987 Late Late Show special.
Them boys were the absolute best! No question.”


“On route to the last HK show of the year at Ulster Hall, Belfast.”

“Always a pleasure to play the incredible Ulster Hall. One of our favourite places.” #hk #decade

Belfast! No words! Thank you so much for an unforgettable end to 2017 in your great city!” #highkings #decade


“Fantastic night at Strule Arts Centre in Omagh. What a crowd! Really great to be back here again. Tonight's show was dedicated to one of our greatest legends on his 32nd Anniversary. #Philo.”

Carrick on Shannon

“Holy Moly Carrick on Shannon. That was off the scale tonight. Absolutely great crowd and way too much fun.
Thanks a million to you all for stuffing the house and bringing such volume with ya. We had a ball.” #hk18 #decade


Derry. You literally tear my heart apart every time we play here with that reaction for "your song". I am literally shaking after it. I will never be able to thank you enough for this feeling time and again at The Millennium Forum. There are no words. Just know I am forever grateful and blessed to get to sing this classic.” #town

“So many incredible messages to my official sites today. Really blown away. Thank you so much to you all.” #town #derry


“High Kings piece in this weeks Munster Express newspaper in advance of our Theatre Royal show.”

“That was by a long shot, the best and loudest show we have played in Waterford. What an incredible audience. Definitely one of our favourite concerts of this tour so far.
Thanks to everyone for giving us a night to remember.”


“Wexford! We are back in town and completely sold out tonight at your beautiful Opera House. Thank you for the amazing support.” #hk18 #decade

“Opera House Wexford!! What a night. Incredible. Could that get any louder?!
Thank you so much. That was everything we hoped for and much more.” #decade #hk18


“We have an incredible crew who work tirelessly to set up the stage for every show. We couldn't do it without them.
Big shout out to Bobby, Vivian, Jamie, Willie, Alan and Paddy.
Tonight we are once again sold out here in Galway.”

“The West was wide awake last night!

Galway! That was unreal. What a night. What a crowd! Absolutely brilliant fun.”

#hk18 #decade #galway



“Ballina, that was fantastic. An amazing sellout crowd once again. Way too much fun. You guys were in stellar voice tonight.
Tullamore last night...,off the scale. Absolutely brilliant crowd.

Cheers to everyone for coming out in such large numbers to see us.”


The High Kings: “Thrilled to have to the Irish Navy LE NIAMH Engineering team who have just returned from Libya on a anti-human trafficking mission with us tonight here in the Cork Opera House.” #proud

Cork Opera House. Sold out. What a night. Fantastic crowd and a ton of surprises. Those two young chaps who jumped onstage to sing with This Irish tour wraps up tomorrow night at UCH Limerick. Tonight...Athlone.”


“Penultimate Irish tour date. Athlone.” #soldout #decade

“Athlone! Wow. Amazing. What a crowd. Crazy night!
Thank you!” #hk


“Live from Limerick.” #dolores #townilovedsowell

The High Kings: “To finish an incredible couple of months touring in Ireland with 18/24 shows sold out, this is The Leaving of Liverpool.”

“From Mooncoin to Limerick and every city and town in between, thank you so much to the HK army for our biggest Irish tour to date.
Pic are UCL last night.”

Killarney Revisited!

Photos from the High Kings show in Killarney 9th December. Photos copyright Siobhan English. Thanks for sharing Siobhan.

Tour Dates

Please visit the High Kings website for full Tour Schedule which is updated as new dates are announced and added.

 Irish Spring Dates just announced.

CLICK HERE for dates and venues.

German Tour currently underway.

US Dates coming up in March.